In town to make the case for his education-focused tax hike, Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday also announced his endorsement of fellow Democrat Rep. Bob Filner’s mayoral campaign.
“Bob Filner is kind of an independent guy,” Brown said, according to a release from the Filner campaign. “In fact, he’s disagreed with me a few times. And that should be very important to the people of San Diego.”
Brown was in town to stump for Proposition 30, his favored education-related initiative to raise income taxes on those making more than $250,000 and sales taxes by a quarter-cent. He’s warned of deep cuts to the state’s education system if the initiative doesn’t pass.
Brown said Filner’s experience will serve him well as San Diego’s mayor.
“He’s been around. He knows what’s going on. You gotta know local, and you gotta know Congress and you gotta know the state,” he said. “I think he’ll add a definite note of experience and common sense."
Filner said he was humbled by the endorsement.
“The governor has demonstrated exceptional, effective, independent leadership throughout his career and I, like many Californians, have a deep respect for his contributions to our state,” Filner said.
The governor’s endorsement comes two weeks prior to the election after he’d previously stayed out of the race to become the executive of his state’s second largest city.
Just before June’s mayoral primary, Brown released a statement of support — but not an endorsement — for Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.
Fletcher, who dropped his affiliation with the Republican party to run as an independent, had previously broke with the Republicans in Sacramento to compromise with Brown on a plan to increase taxes on out-of-state corporations.
Filner in May received the support of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome, a popular Democratic politician and former mayor of San Francisco.
The press conference for Proposition 30 was also attended by State Sen. Juan Vargas, who’s likely to succeed Filner in Congress and Assemblyman Ben Hueso, a former Councilman running for re-election in the Assembly.